Maria Gill

All Distributors, Great and Small

Distribution – do you think of giant Australian distribution warehouses like Penguin Random House’s United Book Distributors? Or the other extreme, author and publisher Paul Little dispatching his recent titles from the basement of his wife’s suburban Auckland store? 
They are the two ends of the spectrum of book distribution serving this country. 
United Book Distributors is definitely in the heavyweight corner of the boxing ring. It distributes titles for Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin, Hardie Grant, Simon & Schuster, Phaidon, Pearson Education, Text, Scribe – and Kiwi nonfiction publisher Awa Press.

The LIANZA Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards Winners for 2015

On Tuesday night the children's literary world came together at the National Library in Wellington to celebrate the New Zealand writers, illustrators and translators who made it into the finals of the LIANZA Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards. With Hell Pizza as the main sponsor, and Hataitai School Year 7 & 8 students on hand to deliver over 50 pizzas to the 150 guests, attendees were well fed before the ceremonies began.

Children's Choice Award finalist list


Children’s choices rule in the newly revamped Children’s Choice Awards in 2015. This year, more than 6,500 children and young adults from 106 schools from throughout the country have selected their own finalists from the 149 books submitted for the Awards. In previous years, the Children’s Choice was made from the judges’ finalist list, rather than from the full number of submitted books.
Nicola Legat, chair of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, says, ”We wanted to hand this section over to the children – for them to decide which books they engaged with and which books they loved, rather than making their choices based on the criteria the judges used to make their decisions. Of the 20 books chosen as Children’s Choice finalists, seven match those on the judges’ list so we’re very much looking forward to seeing the results of how the children’s vote over the next seven weeks.”
Here are the titles that the children selected: 

Picture Books


I am not a Worm
by Scott Tulloch
Scholastic NZ 


Little Red Riding Hood ….Not Quite
by Yvonne Morrison & Donovan Bixley
Scholastic NZ
The Anzac Puppy
by Peter Millett & Trish Bowles
Scholastic NZ
Doggy Ditties from A to Z
Jo van Dam & Myles Lawford
Scholastic NZ
Marmaduke Duck on the Wide Blue Seas by Juliette MacIver & Sarah Davis
Scholastic NZ

Junior Fiction

Dragon Knight: Fire!
Kyle Mewburn & Donovan Bixley
Scholastic NZ
The Island of Lost Horses
by Stacy Gregg
How I Alienated My Grandma
by Suzanne Main
Scholastic NZ
1914 - Riding into War
by Susan Brocker
Scholastic NZ
My New Zealand Story: Canterbury Quake
Desna Wallace
Scholastic NZ


New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions
by Maria Gill & Marco Ivancic
New Holland Publishers
Maori Art for Kids
by Julie Noanoa & Norm Heke
Craig Potton Publishing
The Letterbox Cat & other poems
by Paula Green & Myles Lawford
Scholastic NZ
A New Zealand Nature Journal
by Sandra Morris
Walker Books Australia
Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story
by Philippa Werry
New Holland Publishers

Young Adult Fiction

I Am Rebecca
by Fleur Beale
Penguin Random House NZ
ISBN 9781775535492
Night Vision
by Ella West
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781743317662
by Rachael Craw
Walker Books Australia
ISBN 9781922179623
by Natalie King
Penguin Random House
ISBN 9780143570790
The Red Suitcase
by Jill Harris
Makaro Press  
ISBN 9780994106902

Congratulations to all of the finalists and their publishers. Thank you especially to the Fernyhough Education Foundation, who are sponsoring the prize money for this award. Thank you to the schools involved in this Children's Choice student-chosen pilot. Vote now at Voting closes on 31 July. 

Please note that adults may not vote for this award - if you are over 18, your vote will be disqualified. 

Storylines 2015 Notable Books List

The 2015 list is for books published in 2014.
Storylines Notable Picture Books List 2015
Recognising books for children and/ or young adult where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story
  • Blackie the Fisher Cat by Janet Pereira, illustrated by Gabriella Klepatski (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • Have You Seen a Monster by Raymond McGrath (Penguin)

Storylines 2014 Notable Books List

The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the 2014 Storylines Notable Books List (for children's and young adult novels, picture books and non-fiction published in 2013).
The list was announced at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day in Auckland on Saturday 29 March.
Storylines Notable Picture Books 2014
Books for children and/or young adults where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story.
A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt, illustrated by Sarah Wilkins (Gecko Press)

Children’s Trade Books in the NZ Market: the pulse is strong

Features on the future of publishing in New Zealand discussing the adult market for books have been published in both trade and general media in recent weeks. So what about the future of children’s trade publishing in this country?

“Some of our books have sold over 300,000 copies, so they aren’t small fry,” says Penny Scown, senior editor at Scholastic NZ. “The attitude to children’s books as not being ‘real books’ is enough to make your blood boil – if people don’t develop the reading habit as children, there won’t be any readers for all those adult books,” she says.